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NBC seems to be putting a heavy focus on drama with their new fall, winter and summer line-ups but they do have a couple of other types of series coming out next year. One of them is a new reality show set to premiere in the summer of 2009 called America’s Toughest Jobs.

Here’s NBC’s description of the series:

AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JOBS - From creator/executive producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers”) and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, “America’s Toughest Jobs” is a new extreme competition series that will test 12 people who venture out of their safe, comfortable careers and are injected into some of the most challenging, dangerous and demanding jobs on earth. From logging high in the Oregon Forest to oil drilling on the Texas range, or from driving icy roads to extreme fishing -- each job requires guts and stamina, and they'll have to live up to the same standards as the pros. In the end, their new boss and co-workers will determine success or failure, and those who don't make the grade get sent home. Upping the ante, the annual salary of each job will be thrown into the pot until the finale, where one rookie will take home the well-earned cash. "America's Toughest Jobs" is created by executive producer Beers and is produced by Original Productions and BermanBraun.”

As someone who spends the bulk of her time at work sitting at a desk, I’ve often wondered what it would be like to have a more physically laborious occupation. Could I handle being a logger, driving a truck or drilling for oil? Probably not but in this new NBC series, it looks like 12 people are about to give it a try. Shows that reveal the inner workings of tough occupations are usually pretty entertaining. It looks like this one is going to combine that sort of thing (which is usually reserved for the cable channels) with the format from the more mainstream reality series, like The Apprentice. Sounds interesting. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this series when it airs next summer.

For NBC's Fall '08, Winter '09 and Summer '09 lineups, CLICK HERE.